If we integrate insight gained during a few minutes of reflection before taking action, don't we can get the job done more efficiently? This applies to wherever we are at the time - work, school, play, traveling or anywhere.
The flow of thoughts through our mind is never-ending. We have free will to dwell on thoughts as they arrive, or let go of them by replacing with thoughts of our choice such as positive affirmations, prayers, or other uplifting thoughts. So, if using an affirmation to replace a negative thought pattern, by all means do it.
For example, if you are concentrating on adding a column of figures you will probably be focused on that. Our mind dwells on what we are concentrated on in the moment. If you need to concentrate on a worldly matter, concentrate on it fully at that moment.
We need to regulate our time so that we meet worldly obligations, while simultaneously maintaining peace of mind.
If you know you will have a chance to reflect for several set periods during the day, you might then be able to concentrate on your workplace or school obligations of the moment more easily, (knowing that later you can reflect on a troublesome issue).
Some ways to reflect and meditate during the day include:
1. Being kind and caring with each person, whether on the phone, email, or in person - meditation in action;
2. Prioritizing tasks for the month, week, and day; making a very broad outline with lots of between time for the unexpected;
3. Lying down in a deep relaxation meditation during part of the lunch hour;
4. Standing and stretching every couple of hours during the day;
5. Taking a one minute mental break occasionally, by eating a piece of fruit or some nuts, while thinking about the taste of the food, and not the project / problem at hand - for your health and as a distraction, both.
These few hints give you an idea of the different ways you can take time to reflect during the day, giving yourself just the break you may need from the problem at hand to find a best solution to issues.
Reflection need not take hours; a few minutes of quiet can give new and useful ideas time to surface to your conscious mind.
"Taking a few short time-outs during the day
For reflection on problem areas
Cuts down on stress; uses time best."
Article by Susan Kramer
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